October 8, 2014 5:18 PM

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In 2011, around the time my 1-year-old son began to learn to walk, my mother began to lose her balance. Around the time he began to talk, her speech began to slur. After three years of doctors being unable to tell us why, we finally ended up at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota hoping for help.

It was a Wednesday, a few days after Mother's Day. Our neurologist sat me, my father, and my mother down in his small exam room and told us that my mom had Multiple System Atrophy. It's a very rare neurological disease for which there is no treatment or cure. It causes progressive disability then de...

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